Well, we just knocked out summer vacation. Its got me thinking about future vacations. I then realized I have access to some pretty experienced travelers through this forum. So, for family vacation...whats #1 on your list. Could be where you have been or always go or where you dream of going. Next summer I will have a 15, 13, and 9 year old...Thanks and go.
I'll second Hilton Head. There are a number of MVC properties on the island. Staying in one of the 2-bedroom villas would be great for a family and with a full kitchen, it can also cut down on dining out. I'm sure it's not cheap during the summer. I visited the SurfWatch MVC during the off-season and scored an amazing rate. Definitely worth consideration.
Since we live in the Midwest and like escaping the heat in the summer, Park City, UT is a common summer vacation destination. It is off season there, so hotels and restaurant prices are more reasonable. There is excellent hiking in the area, as well as several other outdoor activities. There are a few national parks within easy driving distance, and they are typically much less crowded than Yosemite and other western parks. Marriott Vacationclub has two timeshares in Park City. We typically stay at Mountainside, where we own every-other-year.
The Salt Lake City airport is only about an hour drive.
superchief1 - we just drove through Utah...driving from Denver to Vegas. I was so excited about the drive through the Colorado Rockies that I didn't even worry about researching the rest. Utah was a beautiful surprise. Just incredible. Adding it to my list.
We could actually do Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head for a long weekend. Utah would have to be full blown vacation.
Salt Lake City for 5-days in mid-February - go a "moment" before winter break or a "moment" after. Our kids (grown men) are begging us to go back for skiing, snowboarding, cross country, hiking, sightseeing and exceptional winter weather ! Solitude/Brighton/Alta/Snowbird are 45 minutes up the Wasatch Mountain Range from touching down in SLC - our preferred resorts. But if you are accomplished, Park City resorts offer advanced skiing/boarding just a tiny bit further away. Down the hill in SLC are some wonderful landmarks to explore and the weather is usually beautiful, warm and sunny for winter. C
If you can take your family vacation during the kids winter/spring break, consider the JW Marriott San Antonio. It is an awesome hotel complete with a full water park including water slides and a lazy river. There are also two TPC golf courses on campus (perhaps for you and the 15 year old). A short drive away is the San Antonio Riverwalk. Take a luncheon/dinner cruise on the river. Visit the Alamo and Hall of Horns. San Antonio also is home to the largest indoor rodeo in the country, held in the same arena where the Spurs play basketball. The setting for the rodeo is similar to a state fair. Also, after the rodeo each night there is a country music concert. I saw Randy Houser there this year. There is also a terrific Top Golf facility right in San Antonio. It would be unfair to call Top Golf a driving range, although you do hit golf balls there, because it is so much more. It is a three story entertainment complex geared to people of all ages. San Antonio has a little something for everyone.
I will second the JW Hill Country Resort in San Antonio....as I say, "It's my happy place." It's a staycation for us, and it really does feel like we're far away from home. Beautiful grounds, the water complex is AMAZING and the food (and drinks!!) are usually very good. Last March, they opened 2 new waterslides that I think all three of your kids will love- if they are daring. So, I think there are a total of 5 waterslides now. Also- there's a new pool that has a beach entry- literally...with sand. It's a big sand area that the kids love playing in.
It's funny- now that I'm typing this all out- maybe I'll use my 7 night certificate there- instead of flying all the way to Mexico!